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Saturday, 13 July 2019

Kyrgios burns Djokovic with not so subtle Tweet


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Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has not so subtly thrown his support behind Roger Federer ahead of the highly anticipated men’s Wimbledon final and in doing so spectacularly spurned his opponent Novak Djokovic, in trademark fashion.

Kyrgios made no secret of his feelings toward Djokovic when he launched a stunning spray at the Serb earlier this year during an interview with New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothernberg on his No Challenges Remaining podcast.

In that explosive interview Kyrgios claimed that Djokovic "has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked", blasted his "cringeworthy" post-match celebrations and said that the Serb would never surpass Roger Federer as the greatest player in tennis history, despite predicting that he would win more Grand Slams than the Swiss icon (who has 20 majors).

“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally - I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far - I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him,” Kyrgios said.

"This whole celebration thing [the 'boob-throwing' celebration] that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.

"He’s an unbelievable player, he’s a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we’ll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.

"We're talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me.

"Simply because, I've played him twice and like, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time. Because if you like look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him.”

It was an interview that set the Tennis community into meltdown as the often maligned 24-year-old attracted even more scrutiny, not just from the professional sporting community, but the world over.

Just hours later, the Aussie stormed out of his second-round clash at the Italian Open in a spectacular meltdown when he booted a water bottle and then stunned spectators by picking up a fold-up wooden chair and hurling it across the court.

It was a tumultuous time for talent who has only seemed to become more comfortable in his bold and often polarising comments as the season has rolled on, but it seems he’s found time let his sentiments toward Djokovic air once again.

Having arrived back in his residence of the Bahamas after being eliminated from Wimbledon in a classful match second-round against archrival Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios has and no so subtly flown his flag for Federer – of whom he regularly refers to as the “GOAT” – and in doing so taken another dig at Djokovic.

https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1150210777162190848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“Federer please win,” he Tweeted just hours ahead of the men’s Wimbledon final. A match that could stand as one of the defining moments of the Swiss Maestro’s illustrious career.

The Tweet garnered a slew of traction with some throwing their support behind the Australian’s uninhibited opinion, some wishing him to see him in his own final one day and some straight at serving his brashness back at him.

Kyrgios was a main attraction at the All England Club this year with media and fans losing their minds over his at times hilarious post-match press conferences and late night escapades to the pub.

Earlier in the week, Djokovic warned Federer that he was coming for his records ahead of their final on Sunday.

Djokovic, the reigning champion and world No.1, has eased through to his sixth SW19 showpiece and victory over eight-time winner Federer would earn him a 16th grand slam title.

That would take him to just four behind the Swiss and, at five years his junior, few would back against him going well past Federer's total.

Another record in his sight is the most weeks at world No.1, another milestone Federer holds with 310.

The Serbian is currently on 260, but if he continues to dominate the men's game he could have surpassed that by this time next year.

And the 32-year-old admits he is "looking to make history".

"I don't see this as my job or as my work," he said.

"I've done enough in my career so I can stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. But I don't do it for those reasons.

"My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still do. I have support from my family. Of course, I am looking to take history in this sport.

"Of course, I would love to have a shot at as many grand slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions.

"Next to that is the historic No.1, which is not so far away."

This will be the fourth time Djokovic and Federer have met in a grand slam final and the 48th time they have gone head-to-head.

-with AAP

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has not so subtly thrown his support behind Roger Federer ahead of the highly anticipated men’s Wimbledon final and in doing so spectacularly spurned his opponent Novak Djokovic, in trademark fashion.

Kyrgios made no secret of his feelings toward Djokovic when he launched a stunning spray at the Serb earlier this year during an interview with New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothernberg on his No Challenges Remaining podcast.

In that explosive interview Kyrgios claimed that Djokovic "has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked", blasted his "cringeworthy" post-match celebrations and said that the Serb would never surpass Roger Federer as the greatest player in tennis history, despite predicting that he would win more Grand Slams than the Swiss icon (who has 20 majors).

“I just feel like he has a sick obsession with wanting to be liked. He just wants to be like Roger. For me personally - I don’t care right now, I’ve come this far - I feel like he just wants to be liked so much that I just can’t stand him,” Kyrgios said.

"This whole celebration thing [the 'boob-throwing' celebration] that he does after matches, it’s like so cringeworthy. It’s very cringeworthy.

"He’s an unbelievable player, he’s a champion of the sport; one of the greatest we’ll ever see. He probably will, honestly, I reckon he will get the Grand Slam count, I reckon he will overpass Federer.

"We're talking about a guy who pulled out of the Australian Open one year because it was too hot. No matter how many Grand Slams he wins, he will never be the greatest for me.

"Simply because, I've played him twice and like, I'm sorry, but if you can't beat me, you're not the greatest of all time. Because if you like look at my day-to-day routine and how much I train and how much I put in, it's zero compared to him.”

It was an interview that set the Tennis community into meltdown as the often maligned 24-year-old attracted even more scrutiny, not just from the professional sporting community, but the world over.

Just hours later, the Aussie stormed out of his second-round clash at the Italian Open in a spectacular meltdown when he booted a water bottle and then stunned spectators by picking up a fold-up wooden chair and hurling it across the court.

It was a tumultuous time for talent who has only seemed to become more comfortable in his bold and often polarising comments as the season has rolled on, but it seems he’s found time let his sentiments toward Djokovic air once again.

Having arrived back in his residence of the Bahamas after being eliminated from Wimbledon in a classful match second-round against archrival Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios has and no so subtly flown his flag for Federer – of whom he regularly refers to as the “GOAT” – and in doing so taken another dig at Djokovic.

https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/1150210777162190848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“Federer please win,” he Tweeted just hours ahead of the men’s Wimbledon final. A match that could stand as one of the defining moments of the Swiss Maestro’s illustrious career.

The Tweet garnered a slew of traction with some throwing their support behind the Australian’s uninhibited opinion, some wishing him to see him in his own final one day and some straight at serving his brashness back at him.

Kyrgios was a main attraction at the All England Club this year with media and fans losing their minds over his at times hilarious post-match press conferences and late night escapades to the pub.

Earlier in the week, Djokovic warned Federer that he was coming for his records ahead of their final on Sunday.

Djokovic, the reigning champion and world No.1, has eased through to his sixth SW19 showpiece and victory over eight-time winner Federer would earn him a 16th grand slam title.

That would take him to just four behind the Swiss and, at five years his junior, few would back against him going well past Federer's total.

Another record in his sight is the most weeks at world No.1, another milestone Federer holds with 310.

The Serbian is currently on 260, but if he continues to dominate the men's game he could have surpassed that by this time next year.

And the 32-year-old admits he is "looking to make history".

"I don't see this as my job or as my work," he said.

"I've done enough in my career so I can stop tennis, professional tennis, at any time. But I don't do it for those reasons.

"My first reason is because I really enjoy it. I still do. I have support from my family. Of course, I am looking to take history in this sport.

"Of course, I would love to have a shot at as many grand slam titles as possible. Those are probably the top goals and ambitions.

"Next to that is the historic No.1, which is not so far away."

This will be the fourth time Djokovic and Federer have met in a grand slam final and the 48th time they have gone head-to-head.

-with AAP

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